Geese in a Lake

Paul Sample, American, 1896 - 1974


probably mid-late 1960s or early 1970s

Oil on canvas

Overall: 19 × 27 in. (48.3 × 68.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Owen and Anna Wells, in honor of the Denekas Family; Craig, Class of 1987; his wife, Betsy Pelikan, Class of 1987; his brother, Andrew, Class of 1996; his daughter Annette, Class of 2018



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Signed lower right: PAUL SAMPLE; stamped on top stretcher reverse: The Eric Galleries / 61 East 57 St., New York, N.Y. 10022 / 212 371-9279; handwritten in black magic marker, on top stretcher reverse: Cat. #2; stamped on right stretcher reverse: ANCOBILT [within shape of palette and with image of an open compass dividing ANCO and BILT] 19; stamped on left stretcher reverse: HATFIELDS COLOR SHOP / 259 BOYLSTON ST. / BOSTON, MASS. [illegible circular stamp to its left] 19; gum label on frame reverse: WESCHLER’S / 905 E. ST., N.W. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / (202) 628-1281 / MARGIN # / LOT # x387-S; inscribed in different black marker, on frame reverse: Box 34-96; in red crayon, on frame reverse: 5477; and in graphite, on frame reverse: 19862.


Possibly with Van der Straeten Gallery, New York (if painted in late 1960s); Eric Galleries, New York (gallery founded in 1971); possibly with Sotheby’s, in the late 1970s or early 1980s (per Paula Glick, Sample authority and former employee of Capricorn Galleries); probably purchased by Capricorn Galleries, Potomac, Maryland (per Paula Glick; or perhaps it was transferred to Capricorn from Eric Galleries after the death of Seward Eric in 1972?); sold by Capricorn Galleries (to whom?—per Paula Glick); Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, April 17, 2010, lot 585; Owen and Anna Wells, Falmouth, Maine; given to present collection, 2014.

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